The Growth of the Professional Body Sector
at PARN we have recently been involved with the setting up of a
number of new professional bodies, who have become members of our
thriving community. Be that new bodies from scratch, such as the
of Detectorists, or
new bodies stemming from trade bodies, such as the Institute
of Agriculture and Horticulture,
which is rooted in the Agriculture & Horticulture Development
Board. The cause for the recent and on-going expansion of the
professional body sector may be to a number of contemporary
pressures, such as an awareness of the value of practitioners banding
together to protect their practice, a renewed need to establish
various trades as contained professions and to protect their
boundaries by setting up professional bodies.
are many reasons why a professional body comes into existence and due
to this the journey to get there is unique. We wanted to share the
story of our new members, Agile Business Consortium, who are soon to
be launching as a professional body for business agility. This may
bring back nostalgia if you were part of the creation of a
professional body, or provide insight into the many nuanced events
within a profession which influence the creation of a professional
following article is written by Andrew Craddock
Chairman, Agile Business Consortium.
has been through several periods of significant change since our
incorporation in 1993. We started our life as the DSDM Consortium,
created by a group of mainly blue-chip companies committed to solving
one of the big issues of the time – the inefficiency and
unpredictability of delivery of projects involving IT. Businesses
such as British Airways, British Telecom, IBM, Oracle and various
consultancies and systems integrators, whose names have long been
obscured by mergers and acquisitions, found reason to collaborate in
an attempt to overcome a relentless trend of projects significantly
exceeding agreed timescales and budget.
result of that collaboration, between organisations on both sides of
the traditional customer-supplier divide, was DSDM – the Dynamic
Systems Development Method – the world’s first Agile approach for
the building of computer systems published in 1994. DSDM is now in
version, popularized in the last decade through the project manager’s
perspective on the framework – AgilePM.
Consortium was represented by Arie Van Benekum at the gathering of
thought leaders who crafted the Manifesto for Agile Software
Development during the US winter of 2001 and thus became a founder
member of the Agile Alliance. Despite that, DSDM became one of the
best-kept secrets of the early Agile era, with only Consortium
members able to share the benefits of its use, whilst approaches such
as Scrum were published openly and rapidly gained prominence.
this led to the first significant change in 2007 when the Consortium
decided to make DSDM ‘free to view and free to use’ and to shift
emphasis from corporate members to individual membership. Around the
same time, the emphasis of DSDM itself shifted slightly too, moving
more towards projects focused on IT-enabled business change, rather
than being focused on building computer systems.
2010 launch of AgilePM in partnership with APMG brought us the
opportunity to invest in the most significant change in our history.
In 2016 we became the Agile Business Consortium with a brand new
focus for our future – Advancing Business Agility worldwide.
are now making significant progress towards establishing ourselves as
the Professional Body for Business Agility with a tailored
proposition for Agile Project Managers launching, and several more to
follow in the coming months.
the help of geographically dispersed members, partners and sponsoring
organisations, we aim to build a truly global community focused on
giving individuals and businesses what they need to succeed in a
world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are the
norm. We will grow the regional capability to support Agile
professionals with an increasingly valuable range of products,
services and opportunities to engage and collaborate both with us and
with each other – all aimed at helping every member grow their own
capabilities and accelerate their career progression in the cause of
advancing business agility worldwide.